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Earth End Predictions for 2014: More of the Same, Only Worse!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:58 AM
January 13, 2014

Abrupt-Impacts-of-Climate-Change-Anticipating-Surprises-640x360    Sarah Newsworthy:  Jael asked us to start a list of ‘new’ events expected to occur in 2014.  After surveying everyone, our consensus for the new year is that it will be the same as the old year––only we expect it to be worse. For instance:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration admits that recent wacky weather is not from the old culprits:  “El Niño nor La Niña is expected to influence the climate during the upcoming winter.  Without this strong seasonal influence, winter weather is often affected by short-term climate patterns, such as the Arctic Oscillation, that are not predictable beyond a week or two.” Neither these officials, Farmer’s Almanac or other sources will predict what’s coming.

Ida B. Wells, IV – In ‘10 Predictions That Will End Up Being True in 2014,’ Nina Ippolito of forecasts that––despite public announcements––the new year’s economy will continue to be slow both in the U.S. and Europe.

In ‘Predictions for the 2014 Economy?,’ Schuyler Velasco of the ‘Christian Science Monitor’ agrees with that assessment. Leaning on reports from economists Nariman Behravesh and David Berson, Velsco expects the U.S. economy to continue its slow growth, with housing markets rising slowly and mortgage interest rates inching up to 5%.  Otherwise both interest rates and inflation will remain low.

Behravesh of IHS information firm adds:  “The unemployment rate in the advanced economies will only decline from 8.1 percent 2013 . . . in 2014.  Technology-driven productivity improvements in both the manufacturing and services sectors will continue to erode the demand for labor.”

So, just as we have been writing in this BLOG and in Worlds Collide, techno-robots continue to steal American techno-robots-delivering-packagesjobs, keeping unemployment too high, and forcing too many people into below-average wage jobs.

In a moment of comedy, Huffington Post’s Paul Krassner foresees:  “Jeff Bezos, who is now the owner of both and the Washington Post, will arrange for subscribers to pay extra for having their copies of the Post delivered by drones.”  Dear God, I hope not. More postal jobs lost, not to mention birds killed.

Dr. Ad Versary: Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  claim 5 new health threats will come in 2014:  1) Diseases from new spreading microbes, such as the new Heartland virus; 2) More old diseases and emerging pandemics caused by ‘globalization of travel and of food supplies;’ 3) More drug-resistant infections from known ailments like gonorrhea, T.B., salmonella, strep, etc.; 4) Accidental or deliberate release of pathogens; & 5) Bioterrorism.  Horrible!

Newsworthy: But it gets worse. In their report, ‘Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts.’ the National Academy of Sciences warns: “The planet is going to be warmer than most species living on Earth today have seen it, including humans.  The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.”

We will explore these issues in coming weeks.  Right now we have alerted Rev. Repriestly and Brother John to have prayer groups double down in 2014.  As King David prayed in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee. . . For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O Lord My God (Psalms 33: 22; 38: 15).” Our hope must rest in God!

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